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mckeonj
727215.  Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:44 pm Reply with quote

-itis is a medical term suffix meaning inflammation, so here is a list of words ending in -itis, sorted by size, extracted from Chambers.
There must be something interesting therein.
I spotted wapitis, and wondered which bit of me is a wap.
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titis
Vitis
iritis
otitis
ulitis
colitis
ileitis
uveitis
wapitis
adenitis
bursitis
carditis
colpitis
cystitis
Kuwaitis
mastitis
mephitis
metritis
myelitis
neuritis
orchitis
osteitis
pyelitis
rachitis
rhinitis
uvulitis
vulvitis
arteritis
arthritis
balanitis
ceratitis
cheilitis
enteritis
gastritis
glossitis
hepatitis
keratitis
laminitis
nephritis
parotitis
phlebitis
proctitis
retinitis
scleritis
sinusitis
splenitis
synovitis
typhlitis
vaginitis
alveolitis
bronchitis
cellulitis
cervicitis
dermatitis
fibrositis
gingivitis
laryngitis
meningitis
stomatitis
tendinitis
tendonitis
tracheitis
ureteritis
urethritis
valvulitis
vasculitis
blepharitis
mastoiditis
myocarditis
peritonitis
pharyngitis
pneumonitis
prostatitis
salpingitis
spondylitis
tonsillitis
appendicitis
encephalitis
endocarditis
endometritis
ophthalmitis
pancreatitis
pericarditis
polymyositis
polyneuritis
bronchiolitis
cholecystitis
labyrinthitis
osteomyelitis
periodontitis
poliomyelitis
tenosynovitis
conjunctivitis
diverticulitis
osteo-arthritis
pyelonephritis
gastroenteritis
thrombo-phlebitis
encephalomyelitis
glomerulonephritis

 
soup
727277.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:45 am Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
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I spotted wapitis.


More than one aircraft?



Westland Wapiti


Last edited by soup on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:26 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Phunkyphill
727283.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:13 am Reply with quote

I used to suffer with Ulcerative Colitis. Yes, it really was a pain in the arse.

 
djgordy
727286.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:31 am Reply with quote

Lazyitis.

 
Raffles1958
727287.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:33 am Reply with quote

I'd give a comment on that. But I can't be bothered.

 
mckeonj
727296.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:16 am Reply with quote

The Armed Forces medical wallahs recognize a number of conditions unknown to civilian doctors; these include 'dolali tap' and 'oscillating plumbitis'*.

*'lead swinging'=pleading to be excused onerous duties, so called from the cushiest job in the Navy, swinging the lead, which involved standing on the bowsprit and taking soundings with a weighted line and calling out the depth indicated; much easier than belaying yr t'gallants. (also see Mark Twain, American writer)

 
tetsabb
727299.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:27 am Reply with quote

'Kuwaitis' -- inflammation of the Kuwa?

And 'dolali tap' I have heard of as 'Doolali pip'. The Indian town of Deolali, not far from Bombay, was a garrison town under the British where troops would await their ship home after a tour of duty. Some of them would go a bit bonkers with the boredom and heat.
Something QI from me, how unusual....

 
soup
727310.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:33 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:

And 'dolali tap' I have heard of as 'Doolali pip'.


Have only ever heard of it as Doolally tap.


More qi info:-
Tap is an URDU word for fever (malarial).

 
Efros
727322.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:20 am Reply with quote

I think there may be an enlisted/officer origin going on there.

 
mckeonj
727329.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:50 am Reply with quote

The 'Doolally Tap', also known simply as 'The Tap' is a type of obsessive compulsive behaviour in which the person is compelled to touch, or tap, every vertical surface, or wall, that he passes, sometimes retracing steps to tap a wall that he missed. It was evident in some individuals where I did my military service, which was a very stressful environment.
Another military syndrome is the 'thousand yard stare' after intense combat, which has been photograped and documented.
Here's a recent one:

 
tetsabb
727442.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:31 pm Reply with quote

I can look a little like that after a shift with certain colleagues...

 
Efros
727453.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:04 pm Reply with quote

I look a little like that after any discussion involving Piaget.

 
samivel
727465.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:52 pm Reply with quote

Inflammation of the dragon is called Theo Paphitis.

 
bobwilson
727466.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:56 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:

Another military syndrome is the 'thousand yard stare' after intense combat, which has been photograped and documented.
Here's a recent one:


I think that's more a case of inventing a syndrome to fit an existing photograph. I see people who have that look every day (without the rather fetching camouflage outfit).

 
samivel
727469.  Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:11 pm Reply with quote

The syndrome dates back at least to the ancient Greeks (Sophocles describes it in some of his plays) but the term seems to stem from Tom Lea's 1944 painting entitled Two-Thousand-Yard Stare:



Why a kilometre got knocked off I've no idea.

 

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